Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A New Friend

Life at the pottery has been rather quiet lately. Jeff is making vessel sinks and I have been replenishing our stock of sponge holders, as well as assembling some personalized piggy banks. This is a slow time for gallery sales. Parents are busy getting kids back to school, vacationers are winding down the season. Pottery shopping isn't at the top of their list. It's times like these that I appreciate Etsy sales. Hearing the cha-ching on my phone means a little money in the bank account.

The most exciting thing that happened this week is that Jeff and I have a new little friend.

Introducing Sen no Rikyu! But you can call him Rikyu or Raku for short.
We named him after the Japanese Tea Master.

Yes, he is really in there. It's hard to photograph a fish in a bowl! I have been wanting to get a betta for a long time. My sister had a new one when we visited and it stirred my desire once more. The local pet superstore didn't have a small tank that I found appealing so I began the online search. Amazon came through with a good price and free shipping. I like that this is a fish bowl but with a filter and light. It 1.8 gallons and should be a good size for Rikyu to enjoy. My next project is to make him a little hide-away. I couldn't bring myself to spend $15-$20 on a tacky ceramic fish ornament when I can make my own. He has a fake plant for now because I was on a budget and real plants cost more than little Rikyu! 

So far Sophie has been unimpressed. I am actually not sure she knows Rikyu is here. It's probably best it stays that way.


  1. I know how hard it is to photograph fish! He's a sweetie. Thanks for the info on tomato ripening. That's what I do for avocados, so I should have tried it for the maters...duh. Somehow blogger didn't post your comment, so I cut and pasted it, looks awful. But I do appreciate it.

  2. That looks like a neat set up. Welcome little Riku!

  3. What a pretty blue. Love the grace of betas.

  4. We had a beta for a long time, Jasper. Fish make such great pets, I could stare at them for hours! I used an old chipped pottery mug for him to hide in, he loved to hover just at the rim and peek out. Wish I want traveling so much, would love another one....

  5. Beautiful fish, I hope you enjoy him for a long time.

  6. I wondered what the cat might think of the fish :)


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